Hopping Insect Evolved Gears for Precision Jumping

Hopping Insect Evolved Gears for Precision Jumping

Here’s a strange little blast from the past. The hopping insect Issus coleoptratus evolved gears in its joints that synchronize the motion of its hind legs during jumps. Although humans developed mechanical gears sometime around 300 B.C.E., this is the first example of functional gears occurring in nature. Biologists at

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Alien Mummy is Human After All

Alien Mummy is Human After All

A strange mummy promoted as an alien is human, and sad. The six-inch long mummified body with its malformed skull and unusual bone formation was discovered in 2003 in the abandoned Chilean town of La Noria, in the Atacama desert. The mummy was sold to a private collector in Spain,

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Lord of the Rings Series May Be Most Expensive Show Ever

Lord of the Rings Series May Be Most Expensive Show Ever

Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings prequel series (no, not The Hobbit) that may cost $500 million to bring to the small screen. Tolkien left behind a huge amount of background material on the history of Middle Earth, which certainly provides a deep well of material to

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Overwatch Giving Players Tools to Avoid Each Other

Overwatch Giving Players Tools to Avoid Each Other

Blizzard is giving Overwatch players a way to avoid teammates who do not play well with others. An updated reporting system will allow players to be more specific about the intentionally disruptive behaviors they encounter—for example, Griefing is now Gameplay Sabotage. However, if one player simply dislikes another player’s style,

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Black Panther Now Top-Grossing Superhero Movie in North America

Black Panther Now Top-Grossing Superhero Movie in North America

Black Panther is doing all right for itself—it is now the top-grossing superhero movie, ever, in North America. The previous top spot holder was The Avengers, which grossed $623.4 million in the North American market back in 2012. Black Panther also now ranks six on a list of only seven

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Stephen Hawking’s Last Theory Seeks Evidence of the Multiverse

Stephen Hawking’s Last Theory Seeks Evidence of the Multiverse

Stephen Hawking worked until the very end, and his final theory proposes how to find evidence for the multiverse. In 1983, Hawking and James Hartle presented their “no boundary” theory that described the instantaneous inflation of our universe when the Big Bang occurred. The theory also predicted an infinite number

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Avengers: Infinity War Will Have Peter Dinklage, Too

Avengers: Infinity War Will Have Peter Dinklage, Too

Looks like in the long lag time before the next season of Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage has kept busy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dinklage’s name appears on the latest poster for Avengers: Infinity War, although just who he will play is still unknown. Possibilities include Pip the Troll,

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Denisovan DNA Still Part of Modern Human Gene Pool

Denisovan DNA Still Part of Modern Human Gene Pool

In the grand human tradition, our ancestors wandered far and wide and mated with whoever they found along the way. Science is beginning to unravel the details. Previously, it was thought that anatomically modern humans had only interbred with Neanderthals. But further genetic analysis reveals that early humans mated with

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DC’s New Gods to be Directed by Ava DuVernay

DC’s New Gods to be Directed by Ava DuVernay

Fresh off her success with A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct Warner Bros. New Gods. This addition to the DC Expanded Universe is based on Jack Kirby’s original 1971 comic series. The New Gods have been the subject of multiple comic series since their introduction,

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Warrior Women Take Center Stage in Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man

Warrior Women Take Center Stage in Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man

Black Panther’s warrior women, the Dora Milaje, will soon be the heroines of their own story. And they’re letting Spider-Man tag along. In the upcoming three-part comic series, Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man, the Dora Milaje rebel, breaking ties with the throne of Wakanda and travelling to New York City.

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